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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

...of the Somme (57k, brit casualties alone, within the first few hrs...argh), I wonder: will all these new posters disappear as fast as that generation's best and brightest?

Who the heck are "rdenirojb87" & "pokeyloki" & "pork soda" & "dizbuster" & "Charles Martel"?

Or is the answer obvious?

Seems like a lot of effort...

[BTW, that battle defn revealed the great disparity between "us" and "them" what with their underground, well appointed dugouts, allowing them to have survived 7 days and literally millions and millions of shells]

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Poster: subterraneangardens Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

I am the world's forgotten boy. Furthermore, who do you think you are?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

do you drive a GTO?

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Poster: subterraneangardens Date: Jun 26, 2009 5:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

I drive a sissy bland Saturn ,and wear turtlenecks, while driving down the homogeneous rock highway. A GTO, a fullyloaded muscle car...only in my dreams!!?

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Poster: Pork Soda Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

I'm a man of wealth and taste.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jun 25, 2009 2:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Who the heck are "rdenirojb87" & "pokeyloki" & "pork soda" & "dizbuster" & "Charles Martel"?

Hi William Tell! Good to meet you! I'm just another avid Deadhead who has finally decided to join the archive after years of just browsing and listening to shows.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 25, 2009 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Excellent!

My advice: stand (ahem...metaphorically speaking only) apart from the crowd.

Go over the top, but then duck.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jun 25, 2009 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Doesn't make a bit of sense to me but thank you!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Oh--it was in the context of the Somme--WWI battle, and the famed "over the top!" battle cry. Those brits, as Earl describes, took a while to learn that espritdecorps, or French elan, was not going to carry you across No Man's Land. Hence my advice to behave like the best and brightest (the lost generation of the British Empire) but then do something smart...like duck.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 25, 2009 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

...The lack of flexibility and failure to adapt have proven to be the rule rather than the exception in British war history. There are any number of examples where their stiff upper lip and adherence to the rules of warfare, undoubtedly written by an Englishmen, became the cause of many a casualty. (Most enlightening is their behavior against Francis Marion, on my home turf.)

Then of course is the question of having the French as an ally in any kind of violent undertaking. "The French they are a funny race, they fight with their feet and f__k with their face."

Finally, with regard to the Somme, a battle meant to detract attention from Verdun, cost A MILLION lives total for a line of property that moved no more than eight miles.

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Poster: pokeyloki Date: Jun 25, 2009 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Wasnt Francis Marion known as the Swamp Fox?

My guess is the troops in the trenches had thier own opinion about the importance of going over the top for a few few feet of battle line, but the blame for this goes to the politicians and the generals who at a distance from the direct action.

Mr Tell: I'm just someone who likes to listen to the music, I'm a latecomer like usual, and I'm sorry I missed 66 - 73. I'd rather participate than be entertained, so I'm just throwing in my 2cents for fun. Are new people welcome here?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 25, 2009 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Absolutely! My bad.

We have one participant, maybe more, than posts under different names on a regular basis and I was just thinking he'd been busy...

Sorry--stick around and distinguish yourself. Just like the survivors of the Somme.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 25, 2009 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

they are welcome, but need a thick skin....

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Jun 25, 2009 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

Lessons not learned from their American cousins of infantry attacking well defended fortified positions at Gettysburg and Cold Harbor 50 years earlier. And they didn't even have to face machine guns.

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Poster: pokeyloki Date: Jun 25, 2009 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Coming up on the 93rd Anniversary...(NONDEAD)

I think I learn something sometimes, but I forget it right away.